first_imgWhile offensive line coach Tim Daoust was running his unit through a sled drill, freshman defensive tackle Wayne Williams agitatedly walked to the end zone away from the rest of the unit. He tugged at an elbow guard — SU head coach Scott Shafer said his elbow has been bothering him — and jogged to midfield to join strength and conditioning coach Will Hicks.When Shafer was asked about Williams at his post-practice press conference, he said that the two “got deep” on the walk back from practice — discussing life lessons, former SU standout Chandler Jones and where Williams can go from here.“I was just challenging him to leap over the next hurdle,” Shafer said. “Wayne’s got a little elbow thing that’s sore. He’s done a nice job cutting weight. He’s done a nice job learning to deal with so much more structure in his life. He’s done a nice job working for more plays in practice.“Now he’s at the point where he’s never had any injuries. And when you’re banged up you’re hurt but not injured, and that’s the next hurdle.”Before that drill, Daoust had the linemen duck under a canopy before spinning right or left. It emphasized keeping their eyes forward and maintaining enough balance to pivot in either direction. Then he moved the group to the sled, which has brought out energy all week.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSenior defensive end Donnie Simmons received the highest praise from Daoust, as the coach yelled, “Donnie has the juice today. Three points for Donnie for having the juice.”Secondary works on footwork, handsAfter the entire defense worked on batting down passes and corralling fumbles, the secondary worked on shuffling around cones and catching passes from defensive backs coach Fred Reed.Reed started off throwing them right into the chest of the corners and safeties, and then started to challenge his unit with harder, inaccurate throws. He rocketed one over senior safety Jaston George’s head, and George threw his hands into the air to make a sprawling catch.Right before practice was closed to the media for the rest of the day, the secondary worked on a basic coverage set. The cornerbacks lined up with a corner-turned-receiver on the outside and a safety lined up across from a receiver in the slot, and Reed walked them through a zone scheme. Comments Published on August 8, 2014 at 8:32 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories Broyld runs second-team and other observations from Day 7 of training camplast_img read more


first_imgBilly Batts Rallies To Win $75,000 Baffle Stakes By 1 ½ Lengths As Rispoli Notches First-Ever Santa Anita Stakes Win; Miller Trainee Gets 5 ½ Furlongs On Turf In 1:03.37ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2020)–With a hot pace to exploit, classy Billy Batts rallied strongly through the lane to take Friday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf by 1 ½ lengths while providing jockey Umberto Rispoli with his first-ever Santa Anita stakes victory.  Trained by Peter Miller and owned by Rockingham Ranch, Billy Batts got the distance in 1:03.37.Idle since running a close second in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at one mile here Nov. 1, Billy Batts broke sharply and was fourth, about three lengths off the lead heading into the far turn.  With his stablemate Bullet Proof One, the lone filly in the race, carving out fast fractions, “Billy” reeled her in leaving the furlong pole and won in very impressive fashion.“It was a great opportunity to ride a horse like him,” said Rispoli, a 31-year-old Italian native who began riding at Santa Anita on Dec. 28.  “He comes from the Breeders’ Cup, so people were expecting a lot and Peter was confident in the run.  He broke quite sharp and for the first couple of furlongs, he was asking me to (be into the race).  When we swung out, he was full of run.“I’m very happy for that and I’m very happy that my first stakes win didn’t take so long.  I love this place.  I love the people, I love the weather, I love everything.  Every time my boy (Hayden, 2 ½) comes out, I win!”Stakes placed in his last three starts, Billy Batts, a Kentucky-bred ridgeling by City Zip, was the second choice in a field of six sophomores at 2-1 and paid $6.80, $4.20 and $2.80.“I thought (Bulletproof One) had a better chance at five and a half, but they pressed her pretty hard the whole way and it took its toll,” said Miller.  “Billy is a good horse and we needed to get a prep into him to get him ready (for a one mile dirt race in Saudi Arabia on Feb. 29).”Out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Down to Hearth, Billy Batts, in registering his first stakes win, is now 8-2-3-1 and with the winner’s share of $48,120, he increased his earnings to $302,560.Last early, Rager rallied well to be second by a half length under Drayden Van Dyke.  Off at 9-1, he paid $10.20 and $5.20.Rookie Mistake, no match for the top two, was third by a length over Bulletproof One and paid $2.80 to show with Mario Gutierrez up.Fractions on the race were 22.75, 45.38 and 57.19.Note:  Baffle, a multiple stakes winner on turf and dirt, was owned by Canadian timber magnate Frank McMahon (who also owned Majestic Prince, winner of the 1969 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies, as well as the Preakness Stakes) and trained by Johnny Longden.  Baffle, who was effective sprinting and at middle distances, set the hillside turf course record for 6 ½ furlongs on Feb. 7, 1970, when he stopped the clock in 1:11 4/5 under Wayne Harris, a mark that stood for more than 20 years.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more